A GROUP of Kirkbymoorside knitters are keeping their minds off lockdown by preparing for their 2021 exhibition.

Kirkbymoorside Wool Crafters are exploring fairytales, nursery rhymes and children stories for the upcoming exhibition, Journey Into The Imagination, at the town’s All Saints Church.

Previous exhibitions in the church include A Walk Through The Seasons, in 2017, and All God’s Creatures Great And Small, last year.

“All Saints Church, in Kirkbymoorside, it a massive space to fill,” said Carol Massham, a member of the Kirkbymoorside Wool Crafters, which started four years ago.

“During coronavirus lockdown, working towards a project has taken our minds off everything and allowed imagination to run wild.

“Discussing our next theme, the group decided on knitting a selection of figures.

“We decided to explore the themes of fairytales, nursery rhymes, television programmes and children stories - nothing is off the table.

“The ladies have knitted everything from Winnie the Pooh, Pumpkin People, Jack Frost and characters from the Doctor Who series.”

Learning different knitting and felting styles, members are embracing the challenge of knitting during coronavirus lockdown, while working towards a target.

Expected to take place over a week in September, all profits from the exhibition will be donated towards the All Saints Church, in Kirkbymoorside.

“Some of the knitted figures will be auctioned off during the exhibition, with the rest either kept for next time or sold at the Kirkbymoorside Christmas Market,” added Carol.

“We haven’t established a set date yet, but we are excited to showcase all our hard-work and dedication.”

The display is expected to open daily, from 10am to 4pm, with a suggested £5 donation.